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A buyer’s sale as summer herd preparation arrives

It was a day for buyers June 1 at Winnipeg Livestock Auction, as better-quality sheep and goats were delivered by numerous producers, causing a relatively large sale.

The bidding on ewes was based upon the buyers’ preference. There appeared to be no price differences between wool and hair ewes. Younger ewes and quality still remain important. Culls remained as culls.

Hair rams represented the ram classification at this sale. A 125-pound Dorper-cross ram brought $112.50 ($0.90 per pound). A 210-pound Katahdin-cross ram brought $199.50 ($0.95 per pound). A 223-pound Katahdin-cross ram brought $222.75 ($0.99 per pound).

No heavyweight lambs were supplied.

The price bidding remained constant for the market lambs at $2.06 per pound. There were three large groups of market lambs supplied by the producers.

Hair lambs represented the feeder classification at this sale. The price ranged from $2.27 to $2.40 per pound for weight ranging from 82 to 84 pounds.

The lightweight lambs continued a strong but slightly lower price bidding. The 70-plus-pound lambs brought $2.30 and $2.31 per pound.

A 65-pound Rideau-cross lamb brought $2.35 per pound.

The 50-plus-pound lambs brought a price range from $2.275 to $2.30 per pound. Another bidding group brought $2.18 per pound. A group of 10 58-pound Kat­ahdin-cross lambs earned $2.04 per pound.

A group of 20 46-pound Katahdin-cross lambs brought $2.21 per pound.

Any other lighter lambs were being classified as culls, by the bidding.

The lightweight new-crop lambs received light bidding. The buyers were more interested in the mid-weight lambs, with fleshy frames. The heavier new-crop lambs received less interest and lower prices.

The dairy goat does created some strong bidding from the various buyers. A group of six 84-pound Nubian-cross does brought $2.20 per pound. A group of Alpine-cross does brought $2.54 per pound. The heavier meat Boer-cross does showed some lower bidding.

The buyers indicated the higher demand for goat bucks — any breed of buck. The calling of the auctioneer increased once a goat buck entered the arena.

Goat kids always produce a constant price bidding among the buyers. Generally, only a few goat kids (under 80 pounds) are delivered to a sale. This auction received a few more, but the strong bidding continued despite this.

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